I have a bit of a confession. I have been in a funk lately. I think it’s a combination of being a bit homesick mixed with lack of sleep and feeling run down, plus the approaching holidays that will be spent without my family. This will be the first time ever that I won’t be with the people I love the most (next to C, of course) and it makes my heart hurt a little…ok, a lot.
On the bright side though, I am definitely looking forward to having my family come visit, which will hopefully be shortly after Christmas!! It will be something to look forward to after the holidays are over, and who doesn’t love having something to look forward to?!
Chris and I will just have to put extra effort into making our holidays feel like home. I’ve already been keeping my eye out for a turkey…and maybe as time gets closer, like with Halloween, traces of the Thanksgiving holiday may be found. In any case, I just received a package that contained some cute and festive Thanksgiving napkins…talk about perfect timing!
Like I was told today, it wouldn’t be normal if I weren’t a little homesick now and again—so true! I’m headed to a spinning class, while Chris is at a team skate with the Tappara fans!
Ps. Thanks for the advice & the napkins, Marm! xo
One of my very first and favorite purchases I’ve made since relocating to Finland, is a crock-pot. It comes in handy when I want to make something ahead of time—mainly, on nights when Chris has a home game. Last week was a busy one and I had a 4 lb. little chicken that was perfect for a make-ahead meal. The best part—it took about 10 minutes to throw together!
In a bowl, I made a paste with a few tablespoons of olive oil, the zest of one lemon, one minced clove of garlic, and every spice I own here about a teaspoon each of red pepper flakes, oregano, basil, rosemary, paprika, white pepper, homemade blackened, salt and pepper.
After I had cleaned and patted the chicken dry, I rubbed my spice mixture all over the bird. I placed half an onion, half a lemon, and a couple cloves of garlic inside the cavity of the chicken.
Before placing the seasoned chicken into the crock-pot, I put the other half of the onion and lemon in the bottom of the crock, PLUS two cups of water. (After the bird is cooked, there are plenty of juices for stock, but the extra water ensures an ample amount of homemade chicken stock that I freeze and use for another couple of meals!)
I had the little bird cooking for 6 hours on low, so it was ready for Chris and I to eat after we got home from his game. The chicken was literally falling off of the bones and it was beyond juicy and delicious!! (By the way, were so hungry that I forgot to take an “After” photo…next time!)
I hope this Friday finds you all well. Hard to believe it’s already November. Our weeks just seem to fly by and with three games on Chris’ schedule this week; it’s been a busy one! Also, Tappara has recently had two new players join the team on short-term contracts. I am especially happy about this because with the players comes two new wives—both English-speaking North Americans. I met one of them last night and she was so nice! It was refreshing to just be able to speak freely, sans any type of language barrier. (However, the Finnish wives and girlfriends are starting to open up a bit more.) It’s been such a great experience here so far, and I love that we are making new friends all the time!
Chris has an away game tomorrow, and I plan on heading to the gym for a Spinning class and will be crossing a few things off of my To-Do list. Sunday’s are always low key for us & I love it! Some things I’ll be thinking about this weekend…
Movember is here…and so is the handle-bar ‘stache Chris is sporting.
How fun is the SKYFALL Collection from OPI?!
Breakfast is—hands down—our favorite meal of the day and this recipe just sounds like oatmeal heaven.
Let’s all send love, prayers and a donation to the East Coast, post-hurricane Sandy.
Good Luck to my amazing sister this weekend, as she runs a 15K in “Chicago’s Sweetest Race.”
Have a great weekend!
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